Mistakes to Avoid When Decorating Your Apartment
Moving into your first apartment is a huge milestone and it can be tempting to shop until you drop, purchasing everything you need in one trip. This is especially true if your apartment is lacking the bare essentials. If you want your apartment to really feel like home, you will need to go without for a while as you search for the right pieces. Here are a few mistakes that people make when decorating their first apartment:
Buying All at Once
If you are mostly empty-handed when it comes to the basics, you may feel inclined to go out and buy every single piece of furniture that you need in one trip. The excitement of decorating your first apartment can really make you feel rushed to get it all done. Buying a ton of furniture all at once can end up being an expensive mistake. Make a list of the major items you need in order of importance. For instance, purchase a sofa if you have an empty living room, but refrain from getting the coffee table, sides tables, and chairs too. Spend time looking for the right pieces and make purchases that make sense with your budget.
Buying Only Cheap Items
Most people decorate their first apartment with the cheapest items they can find since they are typically on a tight budget. However, it is still important to think about quality pieces that will last, especially for the major pieces. When it comes to buying a sofa, you should always get the best quality item you can afford. Low-quality items will need to be replaced sooner rather than later, and it becomes an endless cycle if you continually purchase cheap items to save some cash. The key is to know which items to splurge on and which items you can save on.
Buying All Accessories in the Same Place
You should never buy all your items in the same place, whether it be furniture or accessories. Each room should look like it has developed over time and your furniture should reflect your own personal style, not the matchy-matchy pieces that are sold together. The same goes for accessories; these pieces should add a personal touch to your apartment. The best pieces are those that have a story behind them.
Filling Space Too Quickly
Similar to buying everything all at once, filling your apartment too quickly can end up being a jumbled mess. Each piece connects in a way that may not be clear when you first start, so don’t rush into things. Make a plan for decorating before you start so you can figure out what furniture you need, what type of rug will look best with that furniture, the lighting fixtures you will need, etc.
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